Citrus Notes in Perfumery
Posted on June 30 2020
Refreshing and energising, citrus scents sparkle with the extracts of orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, neroli, grapefruit, yuzu, etc. Full of life, the zesty character of a citrus scent is instantly uplifting.
Citrus notes are often referred to as hesperidic accords, in reference to the Garden of Hesperides in Greek mythology; a garden where magical golden immortality-giving apples grew, guarded by the daughters of Hesperus or the God of Evening, the Hesperides.
Native to China and Southeast Asia, citruses were brought to Southern Europe by the Arabs. They quickly became a popular ingredient in perfumery, especially in the 18th century with the invention of the Aqua Admirabilis in Italy ( a blend of bergamot, neroli, lavender and rosemary) and its better-known successor, the traditional Eau de Cologne which is also the inspiration for our very own Le Premier fragrance.
Most citrus oils are extracted from the fruit rind through a process of cold-pressing. Citrus notes are rather volatile and often used in the top opening notes to add freshness to a fragrance. Citrus extracts can also be distilled from the leaves, bark and flowers of citrus trees.
Bright and crisp, citrus based fragrances are easy to wear and equally suited to men and women. Versatile and varied, they range from pure lemony citrus blends to more complex blends featuring woody, floral or even oriental notes.
Zesty and refreshing, citrus fragrances are perfect for spring and summer; click here to discover our range.